Also at home. a reception of visitors at certain hours at one's home.


done or used in the home; intended for one's home: a new line of at-home computers; at-home assignments for free-lance workers.

Origin of at-home

First recorded in 1740–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for at-home

Contemporary Examples of at-home

Historical Examples of at-home

  • In her left hand she held a letter and a couple of at-home cards.

    Two on a Tower

    Thomas Hardy

  • More than the snowstorm threatened the success of Robin's "at-home."


    Jane Abbott

  • After he had eaten all he very well could, he hid the rest back of the curtain in quite an at-home way.

  • It was Mrs. Richmonds at-home day; callers had stayed until late, but they had all gone now.

  • And I think a party with boys I don't know would be lots more161 terrible than an at-home.


    Jane Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for at-home



another name for open day
a social gathering in a person's home
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Word Origin and History for at-home

"reception of visitors," 1745, from phrase at home.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper